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Monroe County schools have received preliminary scores for the percent of students scoring high By Richard Dumas forsyth@rnymcr.ner Monroe County man- ager Anita Buice has been demoted and finance officer Ashley Wooley fired after commissioners learned the county failed to pay federal and state payroll taxes for the second straight year, incurring over $50,000 in interest and penalties. Commissioners demoted Buice on Tuesday, five days after Buice fired Wooley upon discovering the penal- ties. After Buice terminated Wooley, Monroe County commissioners held a called meeting Monday morning to discuss the matter. After 40 minutes in open session with a handful of county employees in attendance, commissioners went behind dosed doors for two hours to discuss personnel and litigation. However, no action was taken after the dosed session, chance Commissioners then met zoning again in a second called officer, meeting at I p.m. on Tues- which day. At the conclusion of a she ac- two-and-a-half hour dosed cepted. meeting to discuss person- Buice's nel on Tuesday; Monroe salary County commission chair- dipped man Greg Tapley revealed from Buice had been removed $68,529 as county manager. He said to due to Buice's "value to $45,017 the" community and to the as a result county" she was offered the of her to stay on as county place, BUICE WOOLSEY commissioners ap- proved human re- sources director Janet Ab- bott as interim county derk demotion. In Buice's See COUNTY Page 4C enough (at level II, III and IV) to pass for their grade level and also weighted See Page 5C TO THE FAMILY W A Marler Jeanette Weaver NEW SUBS CRIBEP, S OF THE WEEK By Will Davis of Arcadia, Fla was Toyota Camry on 1-75. pronounced dead on A Monroe County the scene. The passen- deputy had stopped A Florida man was ger, Luis A. Perez, 19, Garcia around 3:19 killed and his passenger also of Arcadia, Fla p.m. on June 7 on severely injured after was taken to Macon's 1-75 North near mile Monroe County depu- Medical Center Navi- marker 192, one mile ties used the PIT me- cent Health, where he south of lohnstonville neuver to stop a vehicle was listed in critical Road, for a window tint in a high-speed chase condition, violation. Shortly after on Hwy. 42 North on The chase started deputies Jarred Dun- Thursday afternoon, when Garcia sped The driver, Guada- away from a traffic lupe A. Garcia, 28, stop in a 2007 silver See PURSUIT Page 7A Ruth Z. Krysak Robert Lee Moore Don Edwin Simpson Chad Allen Ryser Earnest Barkley Sr. INDEX , MCR VENT. 3A Opinion & Letters 4A-SA. Sports lB Community Calendar. 4C Church News 5C Public Record 3B Classified 1D Legds 2D-4D The Monroe County Reporter was named one of the best news- papers in the state on Friday by the Georgia Press Association. The Reporter won eight awards for journalistic achievement in 2017 that all told earned the news- paper billing as the second-best weekly its size for overall General Excellence. The awards were presented on Friday night at the 132nd annual convention of the Georgia Press Association at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The heart of the Reporter, its edi- torial pages,'once again grabbed first place in the very competitive and largest division of weekly papers in Georgia, earning the Y !i! ii!!!!!!!!!!!~!!i ;d ii! i~i!; iUiik:ii;i ili !!!i!;:iii ;~i i i:i coveted J.C. Williams Trophy. Journalists from Oklahoma and Kansas, who judged the contest, lauded the Reporter's lively opin- ion section. "The Reporter won first place with its layout and ability to draw interests from readers" the judges commented. "The pages include the opinions of concerned parents, military veterans, local graduates, and the staff, both as a whole and individually, and a lot more. The cutouts at the top are real sharp" The Reporter's opinion pages have now won best in the state in 2017, 2016 and 2010. See AWARDS Page 7A Local firefighters spent hours Monday night battling a blaze that erupted shortly after 8 p.m. at a mostly vacant warehouse on East Adams Street. The fire, which was reported by passers by who saw smoke, occurred at a cotton mill formerly used by Trio Manufacturing. The building is owned by Howell Newton, who is reportedly on an overseas trip. A ten- ant of the building, Gil Stroupe, was present at the scene and said the only items damaged inside the building were some plastic palates and chairs. Stroupe said most of his machinery and other valuable items were in other parts of the building that did not receive significant damage. City of Forsyth, Monroe County, Butts County and Macon-Bibb County firefighters all responded to the scene, and Forsyth fire chief David Hem- don lauded the performance of all members of the crews. Herndon said clue to the size and age of the building, it was a particularly dangerous fight the fire. Herndon said lightning was the probable cause of the fire, but Forsyth Deputy Chief Davis Norris will undertake a full investigation. I Reporter staff (clockwise starting top left) Diane Glidewell, Will Davis, Richard Dumas, Trellis Grant and Carolyn Martel hold the newspa- per's many awards. Not pictured: Brandon Park. (Photo/ Abby Cox)